Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Hooray it's another album update

IT'S GETTING CLOSE. I'm pinching myself, snapping my fingers, and waving my magic wand like crazy. We're SO close to the community support goal. Definitely pre-order the album if you haven't already. And many many super thanks to all of you MOST FABULOUS folks who have!

Once we sign off on the latest masters (which Brian, Maura, and I are listening through AT THIS MOMENT - they sound freaking awesome and I am psyched to share them with you SOON, dear readers!) the songs will then get assigned their final sequence on the CD, Renee Fernandez will do her amazing design thang, and then we'll be off to duplication.

Did you see the movie "Cyrus" with John C. Reilly, Marissa Tomei, and Jonah Hill? There's a great line when one of the guys passes a demo CD to the other and disclaims that it's not finished yet because it hasn't been mastered. And we laugh. Because that seems to be how it goes.

When people ask me when the release date for the new album is, I tell them "May 1, 2010." And we laugh. Because it's June.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Slices of heaven

Pre-prototype of an Erin Ivey iPhone App???!!! (and the remains of a tasty espresso at Caffe Medici):

Becoming better-kept at ROAR (starring the amazing Rory McNeil):

and ending the night with a set at Momo's, followed by Susanna Choffel (with the genius of Eddy Hobizal on keys):

Sunday, June 13, 2010

2 Years In - What I Learned My First Two Years in the Music Business

2 Years In - What I Learned My First Two Years in the Music Business*

I am a recovering Project Management consultant/cubicle monkey for non-profit , government, and Fortune 500 businesses and have been indie in the music business for (drumroll) two years. I have a lot to learn, but sure as hell know a lot more than when I started. So, here it is:

1. If God says yes, don't listen to people who tell you no. Even if that person is you. (Or, as DJ Kevin Connor once told me, "Don't let the fuckers get you down.")

2. ... but don't lash out at them, either. Don't act impulsively on bitterness, anger, or hurt feelings. You'll regret it.

3. Don't read about yourself. Just do your thing authentically and let the "scene" determine for itself where you fit into it.

4. Find your people and build a team around trust and communication. Don't rush or be delusional.

4.a. Don't delegate too soon, but don't be a control freak either.

5. Fight inertia. Unless you are a celebutante, you have to create your own career momentum from nothing, but once it's going, it starts to move on its own. (There's a careful balance between #3 and #5.)

6. Know your boundaries and protect them like a lioness (time, health, relationships, etc).

7. Constantly define and refine your vision of success. Most artists I know unconsciously do this anyway, so then just make it conscious. Write it down.

8. Morning pages work. (reference to The Artist's Way)

9. Ask for what you need.

10. Say thank you and write it down.

11. Understand that ANY path you choose will make you want to cry at some point, so cry. Then get back to work.

12. Use systems for record-keeping, finances, prioritizing work/emails/etc. that work for you and can grow with your business.

13. Remind yourself that THESE are the days you'll look back on saying, "Those were the days."

14. Trust your gut

15. Get a lawyer

16. Live small. You don't need all that crap if your heart is full.

*I wrote this last summer (2009) and forgot about it... Can't believe I've been working this fulltime musician status for three years!!

Tuesday, June 01, 2010